Supporting language learning outside the classroom

Date: 2 November, 2011
Location: Room 156 (entrance no. 1, first floor) Elvet Riverside Building (no. 25), Durham University, DH1 3JT
Event type: Practitioner Workshop

Location map | Programme

EVENT TIMINGS : 10.30 - 16.30

Presenter/facilitator : Christine Bohlander and David Tual (Durham University)

This event is being supported by the Higher Education Academy.

This workshop will explore ways of promoting learner independence through the provision of motivating activities. It will introduce various software applications in which collaborative and socially-situated learning can be encouraged through informal student learning groups and interaction between teachers and students. It will also present examples of re-usable interactive learning materials for delivery in a blended or online mode and look into different tools to create new materials.

This workshop is for:

  • Language teachers
  • Language learning advisors
  • Language resource centre managers

The main outcomes of the workshop are:

  • A set of tried and tested ideas for supporting student learning outside the classroom
  • Ideas for developing re-usable resources for independent language learning
  • Strategies for promoting learner engagement and self-managed language learning


  • There is a charge of £125 to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to retain the fee of £125 if you do not notify us by Thursday 28 October 2011 that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Provisional programme for 2 November 2011
Time Session
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee and registration
11.00 - 12.00 Session 1: Learning Objects: process and products
The use of the LOC Tool and Wimba Create to design, create and share learning activities for independent learning
12.00 - 13.00 Session 2: Introduction to Xerte
The Xerte Project provides a full suite of tools to produce interactive learning materials
13.00 - 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 - 15.00 Session 3: Online vocabulary building
Presentation and hands-on session on online flashcards, dictionaries, concordancers and mind maps
15.00 - 16.00 Session 4: Interactive tools for collaboration between students and teachers
Ideas for the use of blogs, wikis and Jing and hands-on session on Voicethread
16.00 - 16.30 Language café and coffee
Presentation of Durham experience with the Language Café
16.30 Close